Tiyatro Kooperatifi Yaz Buluşmaları
In order to create space for the Theatre Cooperative partners that were forced to be away from stages during the pandemic, to strengthen the solidarity and collective culture between the independent theatres, and to bring audiences from all ages together with the healing power of theatre art, we organized the first edition of the Tiyatro Kooperatifi Yaz Buluşmaları (Theatre Cooperative Summer Meetings) between 2 August-25 September 2021. As part of the project that was open to all cooperative partners, series of events were organized at Fenerbahçe Park, Caddebostan Amphitheatre and Ataşehir Deniz Gezmiş Park Amphitheatre, with the contribution of Ataşehir Municipality, Kadıköy Municipality, and the venue support of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The Caddebostan leg of the event took place at Anadolu Efes Mavi Sahne. With its rich program consisting of 31 plays for adults and 10 children’s plays, Yaz Buluşmaları hosted 37 different independent theatre companies in the course of 41 days. The project was supported by many persons and corporate firms, including KONIX, Eker Süt Ürünleri, Mey Diageo, ParPlus Paravan Sistemleri, Gürbüz Çapan and Itır Erhart. Generated from ticket sales, personal and corporate contributions, the total income of Yaz Buluşmaları was transferred to the independent theatres that took part in the program.
Cooperative System for Independent Theatres in Turkey
We carried out the #BizdeYerinAyrı campaign between May 2020-June 2021 to raise money for the independent theatres that were forced to stop all their activities during the pandemic. With the campaign, theatre audiences got the chance to reserve their places in advance for the upcoming plays and support 33 theatre companies that took part in the project. The campaign was realized in collaboration with Mobilet and supported by many corporate firms including Anadolu Efes, Mey Diageo, Yapı Kredi and Zorlu Holding.
As part of our Theatre Management, Capacity Building and Networking Project supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, we organized Tiyatro Kooperatifi Çözüm Buluşmaları (Theatre Cooperative Solution Meetings) in December 2020 in collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University Cultural Policy and Management Research Center. The sessions moderated by Assoc.Prof. Gökçe Dervişoğlu Okandan, Assoc.Prof. Itır Erhart and Assoc.Prof. Serhan Ada from Bilgi University hosted many speakers including Gülhan Kadim (Altıdan Sonra Theatre & Kumbaracı50, General Coordinator), İpek M. Sur (Sr. Policy Officer for Culture & Public Diplomacy for the Netherlands), Prof.Dr. Lluis Bonet (University of Barcelona), Mehmet Ergen (Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality City Theatres, Artistic Director), Atılım Şahin (ATÖLYE, Director of Communities), Özlem Daltaban (DOT Theatre, Co-founder, Producer), Barış Celiloğlu (Actress, Director), Sedef Ecer (Playwright, Director), and Zişan Uğurlu (Artistic Director, Actress) focused on issues including the resilience of culture & arts institutions in during the times of crisis, theatre management in hard times, cultural participation during Covid-19 and good examples from the international culture & arts scene. You can watch the webinars on our YouTube channel.
5G:XR – Brighton Istanbul
IETM Multi-location Autumn Plenary Meeting: What Matters Now?: Building a Culture of Resilience in Performing Arts
Idea Exchange Table
Festtogether 2021 / Bir Kira Bir Sahne (A Rent & A Stage)
Atatürk Mahallesi Ertuğrul Gazi Sokak Metropol İstanbul D6 No:2/J Ataşehir/İstanbul